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Broome County was hoping for $750,000 in federal dollars to restore its historic Forum Theater in downtown Binghamton. But word arrived this week it would meet the fate meted out to many a project hoping for a boost from the federal government.

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Ever heard of electrofuels? Me neither. It doesn't even have its own Wikipedia page.

That, my friends, is cutting edge.

Turns out the Obama administration is all over it, however. The guy who runs the electrofuels program at the Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E) is speaking in Rochester this evening.

I will be there. So if you want to know anything about federal policy around alternative energy innovation, you just let us know.

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Green jobs will be getting a whole pile of green, if the governor has his way. But some environmental groups are saying it's not enough.

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Buffalo council moves against fracking

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Haiti's recovery remains in full effect since the Caribbean country was ravaged by an earthquake a year ago. While rebuilding efforts have been criticized for their torpor and disjointed nature, a Buffalo solar energy company is trying to provide help directly to the Haitian people.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo said he would aggressively, “seek ways to expand the presence of locally-grown food markets in urban areas,” in his State of the State Address on Wednesday.

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the world's largest consumer technology show wrapped up this weekend in Las Vegas. Corning, Inc. of the Southern Tier, was in attendance for the first time.  

The firm, once best known for its Pyrex line, reportedly made waves with its so-called "Gorilla Glass" for touch screens.

CNBC reports:

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Wind power rules
Vestal is considering new rules for small wind turbines, reports the Press & Sun-Bulletin.  Here's what's on the table:

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U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is touring central and western New York today, promoting a proposal that she says would create jobs by helping grow research and development operations.

Under the proposal, companies would receive a tax credit if they invest in research and development. Gillibrand says the current program is problematic because the tax credit needs to be renewed annually.

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The Buffalo News today has an editorial that takes a hard look at the proposals put forth by Governor Cuomo in his state of the state address last week.

The paper starts by noting that Eliot Spitzer once observed during a campaign stop that "if you drive from Schenectady to Niagara Falls, you'll see an economy that is devastated. It looks like Appalachia."


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What does this mean for the economy of the Rochester region?